WorkLab Workforce Blog

Keeping you informed of the latest trends in engagement, retention, and workforce support

Are workers ready for skills training? The problem with seeking growth before stability.

Posted on March 26, 2019

Employers need a strong pool of available labor with the skills and knowledge to sustain and grow their business, adding more jobs to the economy. No arguments there. Foundations and community organizations want to see lower-wage workers get the qualifications they need for the kind of jobs that can support a middle-class family. Again, wholeheartedly agree.

To me, the question is, are we doing the hard work to meet these learners where they are so that we can achieve that vision of a strategically trained workforce? The people who are in most need of career training are often least able to take advantage of it.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, financial stability, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, financial stability, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

Thinking through Thought Diversity

Posted on March 12, 2019

What is the ultimate goal of diversity and inclusion work? Headlines are full of stories about underrepresentation and limited opportunity of women and minorities in the workplace. The #MeToo movement shed light on the ubiquity of the challenges working women face in every industry from tech to hospitality to manufacturing. The Black Lives Matter movement is bringing visibility to a breadth of issues for black men and women in America. Often the end goal is described as creating a more equitable society, where opportunity exists for all. But for employers, diversity goals need to be more concrete. As this field of practice has matured, they’ve started to see data around what works and what doesn’t.

Topics: workforce equality, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, good jobs, employee retention, economic opportunity

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Topics: workforce equality, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, good jobs, employee retention, economic opportunity

Can the Right Employee Benefits Build Diversity?

Posted on February 26, 2019

We know that diversity brings both tangible benefits to the business, and also provides a positive impact for individuals, families, and the community. Among the ways that organizations typically pursue D&I is through the recruiting process, as well as in culture initiatives. Benefits are a key element of both of those processes and can have an impact on how the brand is perceived in the marketplace, as well as how employees relate to the organization.

Topics: barriers to employment, sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, good jobs, employee retention, economic opportunity

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Topics: barriers to employment, sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, good jobs, employee retention, economic opportunity

How Not to Make the Holidays the Season of Stress for Your Employees

Posted on December 6, 2018

It’s the holidays again! That time of year when we eat, drink, and make merry with friends and family, with home cooked meals and exchanges of gifts. At least, that's the image in our heads—but for low wage workers, this time of the year is not just parties and presents. It can be a stressful time.

Topics: workforce support

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Data Digest Oct 2018

Posted on November 6, 2018

The latest research offers valuable insights into building a stronger workforce for your company. This is what we learned when we read through the newest studies.

Topics: workforce support

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Topics: workforce support

Data Digest August 2018

Posted on August 23, 2018

Supporting your workforce so they can focus at work starts with understanding what's on their mind. We read through the research (so you don't have to), and we've got insights on where your employees are at right now.

Topics: workforce support

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Topics: workforce support

Working Distracted

Posted on June 5, 2018

Alicia is trying to focus on her work. She is covering the second window at the fast-food restaurant where she has been working for the last three weeks. In this position she takes orders, collects money, and makes change. She’s seated in a small area to the side of the main kitchen, which gives her a little privacy. Her employer has a strict no texting rule, but glancing around to make sure she is not observed, she takes a second to tap out a quick message.

Topics: workforce support

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Topics: workforce support